Syracuse Common Council meeting of the DPW committee 5-7-19 At the D.P.W. committee meeting at Common Council today, the discussion was on road paving (and thanks to our group--a bit on curbs/crosswalks.) There was a relatively short discussion on the need to ensure that there is sufficient public participation in the discussion before the Council … Continue reading Let the guy with the calculator decide?
Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget of the U.S. Government In the beginning of March, President Trump submitted his proposal for a FY2020 Federal Budget. As has been the case with his prior two proposed budgets they: Call for massive cuts to all discretionary spending on social services ANDAre immediately declared irrelevant. Trump's budgets do not … Continue reading Trump’s FY 2020 Budget: “Kill, torture and destroy–just keep my taxes low.”
Recently, someone IRL asked me if I was a Christian. I said I was and moved on quickly before they tried to either debate abortion or sell me something. It did get me to thinking,though. I am a Christian, but with no real need to proclaim this part of my life. I am nominally a … Continue reading Hi, my name is Phil and I am a Christian.
I wrote a piece on this blog five years ago, describing my experiences in the first twenty years of my career as a community organizer. On February 5th, 1994 I walked into the offices of Syracuse United Neighbors, a community group working with residents of the south, southwest and near west sides of the city. … Continue reading 25 years ago today . . .
I've started a winter reading list of actual books--paper sandwiched between covers, on a few I even sprung for the hardcover! I will keep you up to date on my progress and review the ones I've finished. Keep on Reading In The Street!
At a celebration after being sworn into the House of Representatives for her first term of office, Rep. Rashida Tlaib made the following statement: “When your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won, bullies don't win,' and I said, 'Baby, they don't,' because we’re gonna go in there and we're gonna impeach … Continue reading On cursing in public, an organizing perspective
Last year, in response to a post on Will Leach's newsletter, I created my list of the sports teams I root for--in the order of my fan intensity. This is getting easier to do as I grow older, as I have become that kind of fan I loathed as a kid. The kind of fan … Continue reading My sports teams